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Golden Star now sells direct? That would be new.

I wonder if Golden Star even got any feedback about the bad hood(s) also.
That's a good question. I would think that the reseller (Woody's) should at least contact the manufacturer (Golden Star) on behalf of their customer to come to a resolution. It sounds like that didn't happen. That's on Woody's.

I'm curious how many hoods Golden Star manufactures and how many complaints they receive. I suspect they sell a lot. A company doesn't stay in business if they don't pay attention to quality control. If they are selling a lot, their quality control must be pretty decent.
 

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From what I read here, there have been both bad and good smoothie hoods from Golden Star. Don't know the percentage of each, probably no one does or will. And from what I read here, the stock style hoods are good.
The Golden Star stock hoods I have seen fit every bit as good as a GM hood does.
 

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Sadly, I am somewhat of an expert on Tri Five sheet metal parts having purchased complete floor, both A pillar repair kits, a left front fender, rocker panels, inner and outer wheelhousing, driver's door, rear quarter panel, front and rear bumpers, inner front fenders, grill and tail pan - all for one car. My roof is original though. Note to self: never buy another Cleveland car.

Most after market parts do not fit correctly without rework or have defects. When I buy a piece of sheet metal from a retailer, with few exceptions, the part comes from Golden Star in Texas. Golden Star doesn't manufacture parts, the parts are manufactured from a dozen or more suppliers in Taiwan. For example Golden Star sells Dynacorn parts made by He Qing Industry Co. Ltd. Parts arrive via container ship, then are shipped to Golden Star which in turn supplies the retailer which in turn supplies the Mustang crowd.

The Tri Five segment is small compared to other markets. I don't know what parts He Qing Industry makes for Tri Fives but I am sure they manufacture some. Even if He Qing Industry knew about a defect they have no reason of fix it. Golden Star is small potatoes to them. They manufacture hundreds of parts for Holley, CJ Pony and others. In those rare cases where an engineering change is made or a defect is fixed, it can be a year or more before another order is placed and then it can be months enough product can be made to fill a container. Worse, if the defect is caused by worn out tooling the part will never be fixed. The time and expense of replacing worn dies for a low volume part makes no sense since there is no chance of ever recouping the cost.

The reality is that on the sheet metal side, it's a take it or leave it proposition which ultimately translates to the only after market part available even with defects is better than nothing.

Although Golden Star has really nice printed catalog and functioning website now, they only sell parts not expertise. If you have a problem, you are on your own. I choose to purchase from a retailer that is upfront and honest about the parts they sell. Before I ordered a door from my retailer, I asked what was wrong with it. They gave me the bad news straight up. That way, I can make an informed decision whether it's worth saving the old door or doing a ton of rework on the new door or scouring the country for a NOS or salvage yard part.
 

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Sadly, I am somewhat of an expert on Tri Five sheet metal parts having purchased complete floor, both A pillar repair kits, a left front fender, rocker panels, inner and outer wheelhousing, driver's door, rear quarter panel, front and rear bumpers, inner front fenders, grill and tail pan - all for one car. My roof is original though. Note to self: never buy another Cleveland car.

Most after market parts do not fit correctly without rework or have defects. When I buy a piece of sheet metal from a retailer, with few exceptions, the part comes from Golden Star in Texas. Golden Star doesn't manufacture parts, the parts are manufactured from a dozen or more suppliers in Taiwan. For example Golden Star sells Dynacorn parts made by He Qing Industry Co. Ltd. Parts arrive via container ship, then are shipped to Golden Star which in turn supplies the retailer which in turn supplies the Mustang crowd.

The Tri Five segment is small compared to other markets. I don't know what parts He Qing Industry makes for Tri Fives but I am sure they manufacture some. Even if He Qing Industry knew about a defect they have no reason of fix it. Golden Star is small potatoes to them. They manufacture hundreds of parts for Holley, CJ Pony and others. In those rare cases where an engineering change is made or a defect is fixed, it can be a year or more before another order is placed and then it can be months enough product can be made to fill a container. Worse, if the defect is caused by worn out tooling the part will never be fixed. The time and expense of replacing worn dies for a low volume part makes no sense since there is no chance of ever recouping the cost.

The reality is that on the sheet metal side, it's a take it or leave it proposition which ultimately translates to the only after market part available even with defects is better than nothing.

Although Golden Star has really nice printed catalog and functioning website now, they only sell parts not expertise. If you have a problem, you are on your own. I choose to purchase from a retailer that is upfront and honest about the parts they sell. Before I ordered a door from my retailer, I asked what was wrong with it. They gave me the bad news straight up. That way, I can make an informed decision whether it's worth saving the old door or doing a ton of rework on the new door or scouring the country for a NOS or salvage yard part.
When I ordered from Golden Star I asked about the fit quality. The response was quite honest. You can expect some work to be required to get the best fit. I appreciated the honesty, and I went in with my eyes open. Real Deal Steel told me the same thing.
 

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Are all of you guys "bolt on" builders?


I have never seen ANY body part and 80% of all other parts for that matter that couldn't use some fine tuning to fit/perform correctly.

Hell, my 55 has all original "born with" panels (except hood) and we still had to "make gap" for the trunk lid and it hadn't been crashed before either!
 

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Are all of you guys "bolt on" builders?


I have never seen ANY body part and 80% of all other parts for that matter that couldn't use some fine tuning to fit/perform correctly.

Hell, my 55 has all original "born with" panels (except hood) and we still had to "make gap" for the trunk lid and it hadn't been crashed before either!
Don't let facts and reality spoil a good old "Pile on " thread.

Geesh come on, I bought a gas tank from Woody's and it was empty. The nerve of those people.
 

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I can remember when the members of this excellent web site used to discuss topics, answer questions from other members and enjoy other's post without "bickering". Seems like "Rebuildman" was just trying report a bad experience he had with Woody's. Most of the posts after "[email protected]" are "you should have done this or It wouldn't have happened if you'd don that". What happened to the good ol' days?
 

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I can remember when the members of this excellent web site used to discuss topics, answer questions from other members and enjoy other's post without "bickering". Seems like "Rebuildman" was just trying report a bad experience he had with Woody's. Most of the posts after "[email protected]" are "you should have done this or It wouldn't have happened if you'd don that". What happened to the good ol' days?
What happened? The site sold and the new ownership doesn`t care what happens as long as they get a lot of traffic so they can sell ads. The original owner cared and backed the admin.
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After getting the newest Woody's catalog with many Danchuk parts listed, I am worried, since it on only a sampling of what used to be available. Nice pretty catalog, but it is missing a lot of pieces I still need from somewhere.
 
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